Climate control is an important factor to consider when thinking about home maintenance. Heating and cooling systems are the first things that come to mind when discussing climate control, but another important factor is humidity. During the colder months, a good humidifier can be the difference between a comfortable winter season and a dry, itchy, sore throat kind of season. Keeping your humidifier in good working condition is vital! Here is a guide on how and why periodically changing your water panel is important for its longevity and your finances.
Water panels are the heart of your humidifier because they generate the humidity that helps keep you comfortable. It is a simple process; water is applied to the panel, pushing in hot air and collecting moisture. That moisture-filled air is then distributed throughout your home to maintain a comfortable living environment. Normally, the water being applied to the water panel comes directly from your home’s water supply, so there is very little work required for this portion of your heating and cooling system to function correctly.
Water panels look similar to the filters used in a furnace. They are a square mesh that suspends applied water while allowing air to pass through and collect moisture. Water panel replacement is vital because its water supply comes directly from your home, causing trace mineral and particle build up on the panel. This buildup can cause flooding in your humidifier if the water panel and humidifier lines clog. A clogged water panel also has the potential to grow bacteria or mold, so it is very important to maintain a clean panel.
Most manufacturers recommend that you replace your water panel at least once a year but depending on weather conditions, it could be more often than that. If you experience longer periods of cold weather in your area, then you may want to check your water panel periodically. Check to ensure that its extra use has not caused the panel to become dirty or clogged in any way.
Changing the water panel in standard home humidifying systems is a simple process. First, turn off the water supply to the humidifier and locate the panel’s cover which can normally be found near the furnace. Remove the cover and take out the old water panel. After that, simply insert the new panel, replace the cover, turn the water supply back on, and you are good to go. If you are not comfortable with doing these steps yourself, then you can always call your local heating and cooling professionals for assistance.
Keeping the humidity in your home balanced is just as important as maintaining the right temperature. Not only can dry air cause a multitude of problems such as dry skin, sore throat, and dry lips, it can also exacerbate cold and flu symptoms and make being sick that much worse. Avoid these dry air struggles by changing the water panel in your humidifier and maintaining its efficiency.
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